Any money donated to the American Red Cross can be directly used to aid victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia that officials are expecting has claimed upwards of 2,000 lives.
"At this point, because it's an international situation, people can help by making financial donations," said Carol Stevens, American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter executive director.
Financial donations can be made by calling 1-800-HELPNOW, accessing the Red Cross site at www.redcross.org or mailing contributions to the Wabash Valley Chapter 700 S. Third St. Terre Haute, IN 47807.
The 8.7 earthquake shook natives of Nias Island Monday killing close to 400 hundred people. Some officials said the death toll could rise as high as 2,000.
Another tsunami was feared following the earthquake, but those fears soon dissipated when seas failed to rise up in the hours after the overnight quake. Still, at least 13 aftershocks, with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.1, kept tensions high.
If someone wishes to donate specifically to this cause, they need to indicate so with their contribution.
"You can (donate specifically) if you wish," but Stevens said she hopes all will donate to the American Red Cross International Relief fund. By doing so the money can be used for all international relief as well as the disasters in Indonesia.
Stevens couldn't say if Indiana residents would be as willing to donate as thousands of them are dealing with their own flood recovery, but thousands of dollars in donations from Americans aided in relief efforts for the last tsunami, the 2004 hurricanes and the January flooding in Indiana, she said.
She said she would like to thank the Wabash Valley and Indiana for its support through donations and contributions because they help the American Red Cross function.
Seismologists said the epicenter of Monday's earthquake was about 75 miles north of Nias. It was felt as far away as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.